Oh TARA INN, what HAPPENED to you?
I have always considered the Tara to be the very best and most authentic of all the Irish pubs in the GTA. They delivered the real thing whereas the rest were simply pretenders to the throne. Even during the 20 years I lived downtown I regularly returned to my beloved for an Irish breakfast or dinner and never lost touch with them.
This past summer, Beau and I had breakfast at the Eglinton location. It's my preferred one for it's low-key, family feeling. Gone were the white puddings and fried scones. I had, in these poor economic times, been prepared for smaller portions. I hadn't been prepared for the deletion of items altogether. I can only describe it as disappointing.
Recently, Beau, Sis, and I had dinner at the Kingston Rd location. Pining for a good steak and kidney pie, I happily ordered theirs which, in the past, I considered second only to homemade. What was served was a pie smaller than before which, again. I was prepared for. However, the kidneys were cut too large and were stringy rather than tender as a result. The gravy was more salty than savoury. The potato side had been cut and in its stead the menu offered fresh bread. What came was garlic toast instead, a side with no reason to exist next to steak and kidney pie.
The menu is now hard to distinguish between an Irish pub and just another roadhouse. Sure they have Irish fare, but if what I've had recently is any indication, they've forgotten how important the home style aspect is.
Please, Tara, please get back to your roots.
2365 Kingston Rd, Toronto, ON M1N1V1, CA
2609 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1K2S2, CA